Oct. 16, 2012
RUSTON - With only nine days till the first exhibition and 24 days till the season opener at Texas A&M on Nov. 9, the Louisiana Tech men's basketball team is quickly making headway after having four practices in a 48 hour time span.
Every minute of practice is critical, especially since LA Tech was only able to begin practicing this past Friday. Head coach Michael White and Co. are trying to implement more sooner since the Bulldogs play eight games in the month of November, the most ever to begin a season.
"We've spent the majority of our first few practices on defense and rebounding, and we are pleased with our effort to this point," said White now in his second year. "There's no question that we're naturally further along than this time last year as a staff and as a team. We, as a staff, know exactly what we are working with and our kids know what to expect on a daily basis."
Getting more offensive and defensive rebounds has been main a priority for LA Tech this offseason, and an improved Michale Kyser and a healthy Isaiah Massey should help a frontcourt who finished next to last in rebounding margin a year ago.
The additions of the two junior college transfers in Chris Anderson and Jaron Johnson will also be looked upon to create more possessions with their rebounding skills as their learning curve so far has been impressive in workouts.
After coming up just 40 minutes short of making the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1991, the Bulldogs are picking up exactly where they left off. Coach White said the guys have really competed, have had a great attitude and have allowed the coaches to push them really hard these first couple of days.
The perimeter defense should be just as good, if not better, than last year which resulted in a lot of transition plays in the open floor which is where the Bulldog offense shines.
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